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VEGETABLE MINI MUFFINS
Do you juice veggies? Don’t throw the pulp out! It can be used to make these fibre-boosted vegetable muffins! For this recipe, I’ve used pulp from celery, fennel and ginger, but you can use any vegetable pulp (with a bit of fruit in it, too).
In my Summery smoothie recipe, I say that I’m not a juicing fan. I’m convinced that it’s better and healthier to get your calorie intake from whole unprocessed foods. Juices are free of fibre and the sugar content is high (higher in fruit juices than in vegetable ones). This can lead to unnecessary blood sugar spikes, and related issues.
Nevertheless, I’ve recently added vegetable juice in my diet. Because of my health issues related to endometriosis, there are days when I need digestive rest. After I had a surgery, the need grew even bigger, and I found that “a few critical days” can turn into “a critical week”. And if you need to stay on a liquid-only diet for seven to ten days, and you need to heal, you simply cannot afford to fast on coconut water.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want to provide my body with the sorely needed nutrients, I’m going to have to add in vegetable juices during my digestive rest days (I say vegetable, but I usually ad a piece of fruit, too, you won’t notice that in these muffins). I've bought a juicer (Kenwood Jmp600Wh) and my digestive rest now consists in having “bulletproof” tea (with added coconut oil and collagen), beef or chicken stock, and vegetable juice. This allows me to consume the much needed healthy fat, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. Which is exactly my goal. Let me repeat, this is not meant to be a detox or weight-loss style fast, this is designed to give my pelvic region as much rest as possible, in order to allow it to heal from internal bleeding.
If you’re interested in juicing, you can get a lot of helpful advice at RebootWithJoe.com. Or just Google “juicing”, there is a lot of information out there.
There is always a healthy amount of pulp left after you’ve juiced your vegetables. It consists mainly of fibre and it would be a shame be thrown out. You can add it to soups, sauces, or use it as the main ingredient in these heathy vegetable muffins! They make a nice breakfast or a handy on-the-go snack. You can also freeze them to keep them fresh for when you don’t need to avoid fibre!
And as always, if you make these, feel free to share your pictures on my Facebook page!
- acts as a laxative and relieves constipation
- facilitates digestion and cures diarrhea
- useful in treating respiratory disorders
- maintains healthy levels of cholesterol
- reduces high blood pressure
- reduces risk of breast and liver cancer
- strengthens the immune system and treats anemia
- increases brain function
- protects eyes from premature aging and macular
- eliminates bad breath
- protects against harmful effects of radiation and
Good Vibes Huntress
Fibre - 12%
Calories - 2%
Protein - 2%
Carbohydrate - 2%
K - 12%
Mn - 10%
Ca, P - 5%
Fe, Mg - 4%
Vitamin C - 20%
Folate - 7%
Vitamin A - 3%
Niacin - 3%
*Recommended daily value per 100g.
Vegetable mini muffins
Good Vibes Huntress
1 1/2 cup vegetable pulp left from juicing (I've used pulp from fennel, celery and ginger)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp gelatin
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tbsp seaweed mixture
1 estragon (or another herb)
a pinch of pepper
1. Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).
2. Mix all ingredients in the food processor.
4. Bake for approx. 20 mins, until golden. Serve either warm or cold. Store in the fridge.
If you juice a small piece of fruit together with vegetables, you can still use all the pulp. (This really depends on how much fruit you use.)
Feel free to change up the veggies and herbs and spices as much as you like. You can try cumin, thyme, rosemary, chilli, crushed garlic, various seeds, or anything else you like. I add seaweed to boost the mineral content, but it can easily be omitted.
The muffins are soft and puffy. If you want to get denser texture, try adding in some paleo flour (e.g. almond, tigernut, tapioca). If you add in coconut flour, you will most likely need to use extra eggs.
You can serve these mini muffins warm, as vegetable mini dumplings.
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